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spir·u·la

 (spĭr′yə-lə, spĭr′ə-)
n. pl. spir·u·lae (-lē′)
A small squid of the genus Spirula, having a spirally coiled, chambered, internal shell often found on beaches.

[Late Latin spīrula, twisted cake, diminutive of Latin spīra, coil; see spire2.]

spirula

(ˈspaɪrʊlə)
n
(Animals) a tropical cephalopod mollusc, Spirula peronii, having prominent eyes, short arms, and a small flattened spirally coiled internal shell: order Decapoda (cuttlefish and squids)
[C19: via New Latin from Late Latin: a small twisted cake, from Latin spīra a coil]
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Noun1.spirula - a small tropical cephalopod of the genus Spirula having prominent eyes and short arms and a many-chambered shell coiled in a flat spiralspirula - a small tropical cephalopod of the genus Spirula having prominent eyes and short arms and a many-chambered shell coiled in a flat spiral
decapod - cephalopods having eight short tentacles plus two long ones
genus Spirula - genus of small cephalopods with many-chambered spiral shells resembling those of the extinct belemnites
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